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Recreation

Mount Trashmore trails, overlook slated to open for the season

Trashmore Trail is a 4000 foot long downhill bike trail at the Mount Trashmore Trails and Overlook in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, August 30, 2018. A grand opening ceremony will be held for the former land fill at 1pm on Thursday, September 6th. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Trashmore Trail is a 4000 foot long downhill bike trail at the Mount Trashmore Trails and Overlook in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, August 30, 2018. A grand opening ceremony will be held for the former land fill at 1pm on Thursday, September 6th. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — Trails and an overlook pavilion at Mount Trashmore opened for the season this week, the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency announced.

Construction of the trails and overlook were complete last year at Cedar Rapids’ capped old landfill, at 2250 A Street SW. Trails will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The trails include the 5,000 foot long Stumptown Trail for walkers and hikers only; the 3,400 foot long Overlook Trail for walkers, bicyclists and those with strollers; and the 4,000 foot long Trashmore Trail flow-trail, which is downhill only and bicyclists only. Users are recommended to use tires that are at least 2 inches or wider, according to the Solid Waste Agency.

Because it is a regulated site, access will only be allowed during set hours.

The hours this year will be:

Wednesdays: 2 to 8 p.m.

Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: noon to 5 p.m.

Sundays: 8 a.m. to noon.

Access is weather dependent. Rain and saturated trails will lead to closure to prevent trail damage. A sign outside the main gate will indicate if the trails are open or closed, and closures also will be posted on the agency website and Facebook page.

Trail users — walkers and bicyclists — are required to sign-in before using the trails. Site rules and safety tips are available at the Mount Trashmore website.

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